Welcome to Gordano Valley Archers

COSE 2016 West of England Club of the Year

f23811c99d03543abe9480cf6.jpgWe are a very open and friendly Archery Club based on the edge of the Gordano Valley at The Downs School in Wraxall, North Somerset.

Our vision is to promote and develop the sport of archery and to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We aim to achieve this by ensuring we have a highly motivated and professional team of coaches and officials dedicated to the principles of equitable practice.

The club is committed to providing archery as an all inclusive sport and actively promotes the sport as a Triple A sport for all the family. Triple A = All Ability Archery.

We shoot throughout the year on Sundays at our ground as well as having an indoor facility from October to March that we use on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings when the weather does not permit outdoor shooting.

Shooting times are:

Sundays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

09:00 to 10:00 – Set up range – Club Members
10:00 to 12:30 – Assembly beginners and club shoot.
12:30 to 13:00 – Take down range

Indoor range available (weather dependent)

09:00 to 09:30 – Set up
09:30 to 12:00 – Beginners & Juniors Club Members
09:30 to 12:00 – Senior Members if spare capacity ( Members please set up on the landing)
12:00 to 12:30 –Take down range

Mondays (@ Worle) 58 New Bristol Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 6AQ

17:30 to 21:00 Beginner, Novice, Intermediate or Experienced archers welcomed.

Wednesdays (The Downs School) Wraxall BS48 1PF

18:15 to 21:30 indoors—main club shoot (Members Only)

Please note for safety we do not allow all carbon arrows to be used on our outdoor ranges.

All Saints Challenge – Round 1

St Andrews Day Tournament

st-andrews flagWed 29th November 2017
Location – Downs School – Indoor Range

18:00 Set Up – All Archers
18:30 Assembly

Round : WA18



Admission accepted by submission of a St. Andrew’s Day Score Sheet, available on the evening

Normal Boss fees will apply, results will be published in the Members area .

Points collected from this tournament can be used as part All Saints Challenge.

Calling All Juniors Archery GB November Challenge

archerygbJunior Indoor ‘November’ Challenge

The chance for ALL juniors to compete in a countrywide challenge, without having to get up early an drive to a different venue.

During November you can submit, via an on-line form, your best  score for 3 dozens arrows shot at 20 yds, or the first three dozen from a Portsmouth round.

A few basic rules and form are available on the Archery GB website.

GVA All Saints Challenge 2017

All-SaintsA new ‘Archery Year’ and a slightly different format to our unique four tournament challenge, to determine the
Gordano Valley Archers’
All Saints Champion

Could this be the  only Challenge where a Longbow archer  can beat a Compounder,
or Junior a Senior archer.

For further details see the individual Tournament announcements.

St Patrick’s Day Tournament  Wed 29th November – GVA – Downs Indoor Range

Portsmouth – Postal Tournament


November sees the start of an additional postal competition of the Somerset County Archery (SCAA)
 Portsmouth Postal League.



Full details and submission sheets can be found on the SCAA website, but it really is uncomplicated, teams of four seniors or three juniors archers submit their best frostbite score of the month, no later than the 10th of the following month and points are awarded accordingly, with an accumulative total and awards being made by the County at the annual Inter-Club tournament.

Hilary (SCAA) has created adjustment tables to allow all bow categories to shoot, on a level playing field and as always a junior may shoot as a senior if they wish.

Maybe Gordano can have three teams this year two senior and a junior, so who is going to be in your team and don’t forget you could use these results as part of your ‘Portsmouth’ progress achievement scheme.

If you need more information please see the ‘Somerset’ website or speak to Jim Denman or  Chris Johnson.

Halloween Shoot 2017

This year’s Halloween  Shoot is on Wednesday 1st November  at the club’s indoor range.

halloween2017Open to Members Only, this year, as an indoor competition with limited space.

Come join us as we shoot targets full of spooks, ghouls, witches and spiders. Save the club from all things that go bump in the night and you may be rewarded with treats.

Set up  time is 6:00-6:15 pm just before sunset !
We look forward to seeing you IF YOU DARE!

GVA Hosts AIUK Ironman 2017

Gordano Valley Archers are delighted  to be able to host the return of the annual
Archery Interchange 2017 Ironman.

This an external all weather tournament and is a break from the festive season and chance to blow away the cobwebs.  Archers brave the elements to shoot an extended  frostbite round,
7 dozen arrows shot at an 80cm face at 30 metres. There are numerous categories and awards subject to numbers shooting, there is also the  great  looking badge  for those wishing to buy an extra badge for their quiver.


Saturday 30th December 2017

GVA Range – Downs School, Wraxall, BS48 1PF

Open to ALL archers registered with Archery GB

Archery Interchange

Animal Fun Shoot

Archery can be a very serious and solo sport at times, but there is no reason why it shouldn’t be fun and a chance to socialize with fellow archers. As we enter the new subscription year the Tournament Team thought it would be a good idea to hold a Fun Shoot for all members old and new.


2D Animal Targets

Sunday 22 October  – Animal Fun Shoot

2D Animal Archery targets and score sheets  provided.

Club rules based upon Archery GB Field rules apply.

Standard Boss  fees apply.


See detailed announcement in the members section or discuss with the Tournament Team for further details.

No Target archery will be available on the day, but Clout archers may use their range and Beginners courses will continue as usual.